ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
22 Gettysburg Street Box 538
Second Sunday after Epiphany
January 17, 2021
Live stream link: Zion UCC Sunday Service Livestream – January 17 2021
Welcome to Zion and a special welcome to our visitors in these days of adjusting to a new normal in worship. Because of the continuing concerns for the spread of the covid-19 virus, we have chosen to live stream our worship services, suspending in-person worship until we gain a clearer picture of how to gather together in the sanctuary to worship safely. These are difficult times and even with the hope for a vaccine in the near future, it will be some time before enough people have the vaccine in order to effectively control covid-19. We ask for your patience and understanding and your faithful support of the church in these days of a new normal for all of us. Let us continue to pray and to remain faithful, knowing that our God continues to reach out and to embrace us. We sometimes need to be reminded that our God promises to be near to us in the most difficult days as well as the days when life seems easy for us.
As you follow along in the bulletin during live stream worship, please participate quietly when you come to the bold print.
“Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”, Kirkpatrick, arr. G. Martin, Lorenz Publishing
TIME OF SHARING
CALL TO WORSHIP
God is calling. Do you not hear?
You are being called by name, for a purpose.
God, You have searched us and know us.
You discern our thoughts from far away.
Do not confuse the noise of the world for God’s call.
Do not confuse the values of this world for God’s values.
You know, O God, when we sit and when we stand.
You know when we lie down and where we go.
Your words and your deeds are known to God.
You were known to God before you were born.
Your knowledge of us is more than we can understand.
Your thoughts embrace us amid all you have created.
PRAYER OF INVOCATION
Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory.
We are gathered here as your people,
as citizens of your domain,
as those who have experienced your power,
and as those who will one day share your glory,
honoring you for all that you are and all that you have done.
GATHERING HYMN “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”
Printed with permission under license CCLI #1149146
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but thou art mighty, hold me in thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
Feed me till I want no more, feed me till I want no more.
Open now the crystal fountain, whence the healing stream doth flow.
Let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through.
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer,
Be thou still my strength and shield, by thou still my strength and shield.
When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside.
Death of death, and hell’s destruction, land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to thee; I will ever give to thee.
TIME OF CONFESSION
We can hide nothing from God, who knows our every thought.
God is aware of sins we have not recognized.
Whenever we have broken a solemn trust,
whenever we have acted on selfish impulse,
whenever we have trampled the feelings of others or ignored their need,
God has noticed.
We cannot be right with God unless we examine ourselves and repent.
O God, our lives are an open book to you.
Help us to recognize in ourselves what you have seen there.
Remove the distortions that keep us from acknowledging our sin.
Awaken in us a sorrow over the wrong we have done
and the good we have neglected.
Create in us an earnest desire to change.
O God, we are in touch with the pain we have caused and the pain within us.
Because of your love and care, we can face and overcome
the sins we here confess.
And now let us confess in silence those fears that keep us from loving as Christ has loved us.
“Open My Eyes That I May See”, C. Scott 1895, public domain
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
God has heard your cries and felt your pain.
Your struggles to know yourself are prompted by God’s love.
God leads the community of faith beyond what is lawful to what is holy.
We are not our own; we are members of Christ.
We are one in the Spirit.
By God’s grace we are turning from self-serving ways to selfless ministries.
Above all else, we were bought with a price.
Let us seek to honor and glorify God.
Thanks be to God for this magnificent gift of love.
THE GIVING OF OURSELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS
God’s gifts to the world do not appear from nowhere.
God channels those gifts through people, people like you and me.
Let us now become channels of God’s gifts
through our morning tithes and offerings.
(For the time being we would ask you to mail your offering Zion United Church of Christ, PO Box 538, Arendtsville, Pennsylvania 17303, or to use the Electronic Funds Transfer option which is available by contacting the church office. Your ongoing support of the church is deeply appreciated in these days.)
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
We consider it an honor, Lord, to be channels of your gifts to the world.
Help us daily to be worthy of this divine privilege.
“Arise, Shine”, C. Machen, R. Stirling, ©1987 Ariose Music
Kevin C., soloist
EPISTLE LESSON FOR THE MORNING
I Corinthians 6: 12-20
6:12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.
6:13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
6:14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power.
6:15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!
6:16 Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.”
6:17 But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
6:18 Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself.
6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?
6:20 For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.
GOSPEL READING FOR THE MORNING
St. John 1: 43-51
1:43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”
1:44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
1:45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.”
1:46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
1:47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!”
1:48 Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
1:49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
1:50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.”
1:51 And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
SILENT PRAYER AND PREPARATION
“Spirit of God”, Westminster/John Knox Press, public domain
THE MESSAGE FOR THE MORNING
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
On earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom,
And the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
CLOSING HYMN “Jesus Calls Us”
Printed with permission under license CCLI #1149146
Jesus calls us o’er the tumult of our life’s wild, restless sea;
Day by day his sweet voice soundeth saying, “Christian, follow me.”
Jesus calls us from the worship of the vain world’s golden store,
From each idol that would keep us, saying, “Christian, love me more.”
In our joys and in our sorrows, days of toil and hours of ease,
Still he calls, in cares and pleasures, “Christian, love me more than these.”
Jesus calls us by thy mercies, Savior may we hear thy call,
Give our hearts to thy obedience, serve and love thee best of all.
COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION
Let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
“Amazing Grace”, Westminster/John Knox Press, public domain
“All the Way the Savior Leads Me”, R. Lowry, arr. Adam Mason, Lorenz Publishing
The Altar Flowers are presented to the glory of God by Valerie and Wayne B.
Happy Birthday to Miriam R. who will celebrate 95 years on January 20th!
Office hours are limited; please call the office before stopping by.
Coming Up This Week:
January 17 Live Stream Worship 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School Zoom 10:30 a.m.
January 18 Consistory Mtg Zoom 7:00 p.m.
January 20 What’s Cookin? Zoom 7:00 p.m.
January 24 Live Stream Worship 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School Zoom 10:30 a.m.
January 25 UACT Youth Cmte Zoom 6:00 p.m.
Pastoral Care: If you would like a visit from George, please contact him and let him know a convenient time.
Prayer Requests: Don’t forget to send your prayer requests via email to the church office by Friday evening to have them included in the Sunday service.
These Days Devotionals: The devotionals for January, February, and March are available for pick-up in the utility closet on the back porch of Zion House.
Altar Guild: The Altar Guild is looking for volunteers for light monthly duties. If you are interested, please contact Donna M.
2021 Offering Envelopes: Available for pick-up in Zion House utility closet.
Zion Financial Information
Income through December 2020: $181,842.69
Expenses through December 2020: $167,798.38
YTD Surplus: $14,044.31
Job Opportunity: The Bendersville Lutheran Parish is seeking a part-time parish secretary (15-20 hrs/wk). Our office is located at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 126 Church St., Bendersville, PA. For a complete job description and a job application and how to apply, please visit our website at bendersvillelutheranparish.com under the Employment menu option. Questions can also be directed to our office via phone, 717-677-9880 (please leave a message), or through our email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please consider this employment opportunity that could fit your schedule with very flexible work hours, determined by the hiring committee and you.